Robert Spencer Carr
(March 26, 1909 – April 28, 1994)
Robert S. Carr began writing for the pulps as a teenager, selling his first story, “The Composite Brain,” to Weird Tales (March 1925) at age 15. He became a protégé of editor Farnsworth Wright’s. His 1928 novel, The Rampant Age, a non-genre comedy, netted him a movie contract when he was just 17, and the film was released January 15, 1930, by Continental Talking Pictures Corp.
He led a peripatetic life, latching onto unconventional fads: He joined the American Communist Party and moved to the Soviet Union in 1932, but became disenchanted and returned to the U.S. in 1938, renouncing his party membership. (However, in the 1950s, Carr refused to testify against his former comrades in the House Un-American Committee witch-hunts.)
In the 1940s, he belonged to the Fortean Society. He started a lamasery in New Mexico after World War II. By the mid-1970s, he had become a notorious UFO conspiracy theorist.
Born in Washington, D.C., he also lived in West Virginia, Ohio, Chicago, New Orleans, Hollywood and New York. He died in Florida.
- Entry at Tellers of Weird Tales.
- Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
- Papers at the University of Florida.
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